Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Heat dominated Thunder from the start

Miami led by double digits most of the game. Oklahoma City drew within eight points with 57.8 seconds left, but it was too late for a rally.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: February 14, 2013

DEJA VU

The Thunder's longest losing streak of the season is two games. It has now happened twice and both times has come compliments of the Heat.

Miami's 103-97 victory over OKC on Christmas Day came on the heels of the Thunder's 99-93 loss at Minnesota five days earlier.

Thursday's victory over OKC came on the heels of the Thunder's 109-94 loss at Utah on Tuesday.

OKC is now 11-2 after a loss this season and 46-11 after a loss the last three seasons.

TIP-INS

Only two Thunder players scored in double digits – Durant scored 40 points and Russell Westbrook added 26 points and 10 assists. … OKC sixth man Kevin Martin had nine points and took just five shots 27 minutes. …

The Thunder, which had struggled at the free-throw line lately, converted 33 of 34 (.971). … Spotted in the crowd were All-Pro defensive lineman Gerald McCoy of the Tampa Bay Bucs and college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit. … There were two marriage proposals from fans on Valentine's Day night. Both ladies said yes. … OKC is now 3-3 on Thursdays and 4-3 in February. … In a tribute to breast cancer awareness, Thunder reserve guard Reggie Jackson wore pink shoes and Durant wore pink shoe laces. … Battier and Thunder owner Aubrey McClendon, two Duke graduates, chatted briefly at halftime.

QUOTABLE

Battier on how different the Thunder is from last year's Finals. “They're different. Obviously everything starts with KD (Durant) and Westbrook. Martin gives them a different dimension than (James) Harden did. They're different players, but both really good.”



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